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Mainland China tops health & well-being study in APAC region

Mid-life Crisis Hits Later in Life for
'50-somethings' say they worry about cost of living, food safety and retirement plans

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI), a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security, today announced key results of a major new survey monitoring and tracking motivations, perceptions and attitudes towards overall 'well-being' amongst the public in Asia and other international markets.

Mainland China ranked first in a league of overall 'well-being' score results of countries surveyed within the Asia-Pacific region, which included South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong China and New Zealand; with 42% of Mainland Chinese rating their overall personal perceptions of health and well-being as being 'excellent' or 'very good', a much higher number than their Hong Kong (32%) or Korea (33%) neighbors.

The new Cigna '360° Well-being Score' is designed to take an annual, holistic, look at health and well-being in Asia and international markets, across five key indices; including physical health, together with social, family, financial and workplace health & well-being, providing an overall index or 'score', measuring people's overall perceptions.

Regarding physical health, people in Mainland China do feel great physically: They exercise more (2.8h per week against 2.3h regionally) and sleep better (7.6h against 6.8h regionally) than their neighbors and have less weight-related issues (53% have a 'normal' weight against 41% regionally). The Mainland Chinese's confidence about their weight is backed by their healthier dietary habits: 54% say they only eat at meal times against 34% regionally.

Mainland Chinese are also very satisfied with the state of their family well-being: 52% think they perform well in this area – the highest score out of the five health & well-being indices. 64% think they have a 'very good' or even 'excellent' relationship with their children while 56% rate themselves as highly -when it comes to the time spent with their family.

Despite this, some major concerns occupy Mainland Chinese people's minds such as the rising cost of living, food safety and retirement plans, with the overall well-being 'bell curve' skewed toward people in their 50s.

This age group appears as the most vulnerable among respondents, with most health and well-being categories showing a rebound only after 60. Their weak health & well-being perception coincides with a decline of all but the physical health indicator after 50. They say that having to pay for their own mortgage, their children's or grand children's education AND their parent's medical bills are taking its toll.

It in turn increases their work related stress levels: while 66% of people in their 40s consider they perform well when it comes to stress at work, only 46% of the 50-59 agree. Additionally, only a quarter (26%) are confident they can maintain their present standard of living and 26% consider they do perform well in the current economic climate (against 38% overall in Mainland China).

Food safety, however, is a source of concern shared by all age groups. Mainland China is the only region to name food safety its number one concern, with 67% worried (42% regionally). Even the younger age groups (25-29) look concerned (57%) and over three quarters (76%) of people in their 50s.

The Mainland Chinese interviewees' second highest source of concerns remains the increasing cost of living (66% against 68% regionally). While the rising cost of housing surely has an impact on this, the cost of medical expenses, especially after retirement, represents an increasingly important factor.

As a result only 40% say they are prepared for medical expenses after retirement. This is in part explained by the gap between their perceived importance (83%) and performance (43%) in compensation and benefits at work, especially for those aged 40 to 60. Nowadays Mainland Chinese rely only partially on private insurance (16%, still lower than Hong Kong at 27%). As the old generation looks upon government benefits to provide for their needs (overall Mainland China 23% against Hong Kong 11%), and the younger age groups tend to rely on themselves, those aged 40 to 60 remain squeezed in the middle.

"The study confirms how much pressure the middle age group tends to bear in Mainland China today. This pressure can have negative impacts to our overall health. In our fast-paced world, staying healthy and well can be complicated and hard work. For Cigna & CMB, this survey provides valuable information that will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers. We hope to use insights from this survey to potentially develop new products and services that are simple to understand and easy to access so that we can help improve customer's health, well-being and overall security," shared Mr. Steven Sun, CEO of Cigna & CMB.

About the 'Cigna 360° Well-being Score'

The 'Cigna 360° Well-being Score' has been established as the first of an annual index, that will continue to identify and monitor the factors, motivations, perceptions and attitudes that impact an individual person's, as well the region's, health, wellness and well-being.

It is an independent study commissioned by Cigna and conducted by Ipsos that initially covers the APAC markets of Hong Kong China, Mainland China, Thailand, Korea and New Zealand, together with the UK.

Data is collected online from a representative random sample of 1,000 people in each market, totaling 6000 consumers across the five Asian markets and the UK.

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